Our Scars- Touring Self Harm Awareness Project

Presented by WPIRG, venue is Environment 3- 1408, University of Waterloo OurScars is a touring advocacy project attempting to change society’s understanding of self harm and to promote community based healing.The workshop is free, dinner and bus tickets will be provided.Goals:Hold Care Providers Accountable and Change Policy – Institutionalized care for those who self harm is one of the largest barriers to healing. This results in a lack of interest in accessing care for those who self harm – many of whom also suffer with concurrent struggles, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse and trauma, physical abuse, depression, etc. Effectively changing society’s understanding of self harm includes changing the policies put in place to aid those who struggle with self harm.Provide Physical Locations Designated as Safe Spaces Where People Can Retire their Tools – A central focus of each workshop, speaking event, or event on our tour will be to locate and open up a community safe space where people can retire their self harm tools. This space will work as a physical drop off during the tour – and also, at the very least, as a mail in drop off afterwards. These spaces will also serve as a safe space for folks who self harm – without the expectation that they have to retire their tools.De-centralized Community Care (Connect Those Who Are Currently Struggling with Those Who have Maintained and Transitioned Away from Self Harm) – Another central focus of the project is to provide a direct link – both in the community and online – between those who have transitioned away from self harm and those who are struggling. This means specific workshop training for mentors and building a foundational base of mentors that will drive our community healing approach and ensure that narratives and our structure is based upon positive role modeling and positive transition.About the Presenters:Dylan Powell – (Project Coordinator / Spokesperson) – Dylan is an addictions counsellor who struggled with drug and alcohol use for a decade and who has maintained sobriety for 5 years. In that time he has been active in various social justice communities and is applying that knoweldge as an organizer into community based healing models that are horizontal and de-professionalized. Dylan provides a background on how this model works with #OurScars and why this model is important for not just the issue of self harm, but for all of the issues which effect our communities.Cassandra Buffett – (Spokesperson/Workshop Facilitator) – Cassandra Buffett holds a MSE and has written about self harm as well as her struggle and relationship with it. As someone who has retired from self harm, Cassandra relates a background to her experiences and barriers and stigmas around accessing care. Her perspective is one of harm reduction, relaying experiences and offering alternatives and support for those currently struggling with self harm.

Dates: 
Tue, 07/16/2013 - 14:00 to 16:00

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